Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/170984
Authors: 
Mengel, Friederike
Sauermann, Jan
Zölitz, Ulf
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 11000
Abstract: 
This paper provides new evidence on gender bias in teaching evaluations. We exploit a quasi-experimental dataset of 19,952 student evaluations of university faculty in a context where students are randomly allocated to female or male instructors. Despite the fact that neither students' grades nor self-study hours are affected by the instructor's gender, we find that women receive systematically lower teaching evaluations than their male colleagues. This bias is driven by male students' evaluations, is larger for mathematical courses and particularly pronounced for junior women. The gender bias in teaching evaluations we document may have direct as well as indirect effects on the career progression of women by affecting junior women's confidence and through the reallocation of instructor resources away from research and towards teaching.
Subjects: 
gender bias
teaching evaluations
female faculty
JEL: 
J16
J71
I23
J45
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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